Corporate entry: Bungana School, Nggela Islands



Brother and sister Rev. Robert Paley Wilson and Ellen Wilson began Bungana School in the Nggela Islands in October 1910 with eighteen students gathered from Makira, Guadalcanal and Isabel. Robert, a solicitor by training, was bad at languages and a discipline, but Ellen was an excellent linguist and the school's leading teacher, along with John Bulemel of Raga and, for a time, Arthur Wogara from Mota Island. The students were taught in English, although Mota was used between 1913 and 1916. The Wilsons were never physically strong, but they remained for nine years before retiring due to ill health. (Fox 1958, 229)

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  • Fox, Charles E., Lord of the Southern Isles: Being the Story of the Anglican Mission in Melanesia, 1849-1949, Mowbray, London, 1958. Details